Panzerkampfwagen IV

German Vehicle Denominazioni

Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. G3, 1:72 ESCI

Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. G3 from the collection of Jim Gordon. The ESCI vehicle is shown in winter camouflage.

The table lists vehicle denominazioni of carri armati Panzerkampfwagen IV nel servizio tedesco ed Axis. Panzerkampfwagen IV was originally designed as a support vehicle. Plotoni di Panzer IV were deployed behind the attacking Panzer I, Panzer II, e Panzer III platoons, a position which enabled them to provide long-range direct HE fire against enemy cannone anticarro positions.

Panzer IV made the transition to a carro da combattimento in 1943, when Panzer III had become obsolete. Panzer IV e Panzer III actually switched roles: Panzer IV Ausf. F2 upgraded to the long 7.5 cm L.43 gun, e Panzer III Ausf. N received the short 7.5 cm L.24 of the Panzer IV Ausf. F1 support vehicle. Panzer IV was the only German tank to remain in production throughout the war.

Tipo di Panzer IV 1:72 Modello 1:76 Modello
Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. A
Direct fire support vehicle mounting the 7.5 cm L.24 Sturmkanone 37. Panzer IV Ausf. A had 20 mm of armour all around, an internal gun mantlet, vision slits in the commander's cupola, ed a staggered front upper hull plate. The vehicle had a maximum road speed of 24 mph. There is a picture of at least one Panzer IV. Ausf. A serving con Rommel in North Africa.
Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. B Crusader Models CMB50a
As above, except that it was equipped con a more reliable engine.
Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. C Hinchliffe 20/193
As above, but con a number of additional refinements.
Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. D Crusader Models CMB50b
Direct fire support vehicle mounting the 7.5 cm L.24 Sturmkanone 37. Panzer IV Ausf. D had 30 mm of frontal armour, ed an external gun mantlet. Deployed con Rommel in Africa.
Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. E
Direct fire support vehicle mounting the 7.5 cm L.24 Sturmkanone 37. Panzer IV Ausf. E had additional 30 mm plates bolted onto the hull front, increasing its frontal armour to 60 mm. The torretta front was not be upgraded, because the ventilator openings located there had to be kept open. Deployed con Rommel in Africa.
Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. F1 CDC Airfix 02308
Direct fire support vehicle mounting the 7.5 cm L.24 Sturmkanone 37. Panzer IV Ausf. F1 had 50 mm of frontal armour, e the commander's cupola received bullet-proof glass vision ports.
Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. F2 Airfix 02308
Field upgrade of the F1, fitted con the longer L.43 gun. I britannici nel Nordafrica referred to the F2 as the Mark IV Special. It was this vehicle which took on the role of carro da combattimento when the Panzer III had become obsolete. Available 7.5 cm L.24 Sturmkanone guns were mounted in StuG. III Ausf. D assault guns, Panzer III Ausf. N tanks, e semicingolati Sd.Kfz. 250/8 e 251/9 which now adopted the fire support role previously fulfilled by the Panzer IV.
Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. G1
Field upgrade of the F2, using a bolted o welded on 30 mm applique armour kit which gave the vehicle a total of 80 mm of frontal armour, except that the torretta front remained at 50 mm of armour. The additional armour made the vehicle nose-heavy, ed it resulted in excessive wear of the leading bogie wheels. Panzer IV Ausf. G are easy to spot in photos, they show a noticeable tilt forward, especially on soft ground. This vehicle retained the L.43 gun of the F2, e the rubber bogie wheels.
Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. G2
Same as the G1, but mounting the longer L.48 gun. Nose-heavy, vehicle tilts forward noticeably.
Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. G3 ESCI 1:87 ROCO
Standard factory upgrade of the F2, con 80 mm of frontal armour, and the L.48 gun. Nose-heavy. The suspension bogie wheels were redesigned to correct this problem, but the vehicle still tilted forward noticeably.
Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H ESCI Fujimi 76012
Factory upgrade of the G3, con improved front suspension. The bogie wheels were again redesigned to correct the excessive tire wear, but the problem persisted. The vehicle was fitted con torretta e side skirts as a protection against hollow charge warheads.
Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. J CDC
Same as the H series, but con solid metal front bogie wheels. US ed Allied bombing raids against bearing factories nella Germania resulted in production problems which cost the Panzer IV its torretta traverse motor. The hand-cranked torretta of the Ausf. J was a significant disadvantage in combat. Il veicolo montato una Nahverteidigungswaffe arma da difesa ravvicinata.
Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. K1
n.a. n.a.
It is a mystery why the Panzer IV series was never upgraded to Ausf. K, using the sloped hull front of the Jagdpanzer IV. With 80 mm of sloped frontal armour, the Panzer IV Ausf. K would have extended the useful life of the Panzer IV series of tanks. The reduction in nose weight solves the bogie wheel problem as well as the associated transmission e steering problems which plagued the uparmoured Panzer IV. This modification could have been issued as a field workshop upgrade kit for the Panzer IV Ausf. G to J series. Doing so would have been easier e cheaper than designing ed introducing the new Panzer V (Panther) series. This projected vehicle may be converted using parts from a standard Panzer IV e the Jagdpanzer IV, it would be interesting to test in a simulation game.
Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. K2
n.a. n.a.
Standard factory version of the K1, fitted con lanciafumogeni.
Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. L
n.a. n.a.
This projected vehicle should have had the entire hull front redesigned to 80 mm of sloped armour. The corresponding weight saving would have solved the suspension problems, ed it would have allow the torretta front to be uparmoured to 80 mm. The gun should have received a fume extractor on the barrel, copied directly from a captured American M36 Jackson tank destroyer. The fume extractor is a prerequisite for the torretta uparmour conversion, otherwise the built-up of smoke inside the torretta would render the tank inoperable very quickly. The Panzer IV had ventilator openings in the torretta front which had to be kept open in combat, effectively preventing a torretta uparmour conversion.

The table list 1:72 e 1:76 scale model kits which match the official vehicle denominazioni. Not every Panzerkampfwagen IV is available in miniature yet, but it is hoped that the remaining gaps may be filled eventually.

Utilizzo Storico

  • Germania, 1937–1945
  • Romania, from settembre 1942
  • Ungheria, from settembre 1942
  • Italia, from maggio 1943
  • Turchia, from maggio 1943
  • Bulgaria, from febbraio 1943
  • Spagna, from novembre 1943
  • Independent State of Croatia, from late 1944
  • Finland, 1946–1962
  • Syria, 1962–1967

Andrew Mark Reid

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